We talk about Renee Zellweger’s new look.
Where, oh where, has our cute little Bridget Jones starlet gone?
Renee Zellweger, or the actress who formerly looked like Renee Zellweger, stunned the world with a new look when she walked the red carpet at the 2014 Elle Women of Hollywood Awards.
Zellweger, 45, was one of the most recognisable actresses in the world. Debuting her new look, however, she is hardly recognisable, with wide-open eyes, sans signature pout. Social media channels went into a frenzy. Has she had work done? Why did she do it? Who does she think she is? Why do we even care?
It is a woman’s right to choose how she looks. No doubt there are feminist types who may be a bit upset about all of this. Some may say she’s setting back the women’s movement. Some may say she should age gracefully. But who’s to say it has anything to do with ageing? The new look doesn’t appear to make her look younger. Whatever her reasons for the change, she looks happy about it. We hope so, because there’s no going back now.
The 80s were a time when having plastic surgery was all the rage. The 90s were the same, but the name of the procedure changed to the more socially acceptable ‘cosmetic’ surgery. In the ‘naughties’ it became taboo to have work done. Nowadays, it seems to be okay – as long as no one really notices. There are arguments for ageing gracefully and arguments that a woman (or man) has the right to choose how they look. After all, they have to live with their decisions and, if it makes them feel better about themselves, who are we to take that away from them? It doesn’t stop us from judging them though, and I suppose that is our right.
Renee Zellweger has the right to do whatever she wants to do with her body. It’s her choice. She has the right to make that decision and she’s the one who has to live with it. Unfortunately, she can’t stop the media circus – until the next star with plastic (oops, I mean cosmetic) surgery comes along, or another celebrity couple gets married and the woman takes the man’s surname, or whatever else is going to sell magazines and make the gossip columns. Crikey, we’re even in on it too.
It maybe newsworthy for now, but we probably should all just get out of her face about it and leave her alone.
Do you have a problem with cosmetic surgery? What do you think of Renee’s new look? Is what she does with her body really any of our concern?